5th Ranked USC Trojans Travel To face the Cal Bears

USC Trojans Football

USC Trojans Play First Road Game of 2017

The 5th ranked USC Trojans and the Cal Golden Bears will meet at California Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game is set to kickoff at 3:30 pm EST and will be televised by ABC.

This week the Trojans make their first road trip of the season. They have to travel to Berkeley to take on a surprising Cal team. The Bears have exceeded expectations so far and will be jacked-up to face one of its chief rivals in its Pac 12 opener.

Oddsmakers have USC as a 17-point favorite. The total is sitting at 64.5.

Cal Looks to Prove Start is no Fluke

Last time out for California, they were a 27-16 winner as they battled Ole Miss Rebels at home. California covered in the match as a +7-point underdog, while 43 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Bears pulled off a road win against a pretty good North Carolina team in the season opener. Then they struggled more than they should against Weber State. Last week they made a statement with a 27-16 home win over Mississippi.

First-year head coach Justin Wilcox seems to have transformed a Cal team that had little defensive initiative under previous head coach Sonny Dykes into a defensive force. Wilcox was the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin last year.

Inside linebacker Devante Downs leads the Pac-12 in tackles. Last week he had 14 tackles, two sacks and an interception as the Bears shut out Ole Miss in the second half. The Rebels had fewer than 100 yards after halftime.

USC Trojans Are Injury Depleted on Defense

USC was a 27-24 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas Longhorns. They failed to cover the -16.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (51) made winners of UNDER bettors.

A rash of injuries  has hit on the Trojans’ defense. Defensive end Rasheem Green has a high ankle sprain. Outside linebacker Porter Gustin has toe and shoulder issues. Defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu has knee problems, and linebacker John Houston Jr. has a neck stinger. They missed all or part of the Texas game and are questionable for this week.

Trojan QB Sam Darnold  has demonstrated his ability to make big plays when USC needed him. With that being said, the Trojans have not been nearly as dominant as expected. And all three games were at home at the Los Angeles Coliseum. How will they react in a hostile environment?

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Southern California 3-0 1-2 39.33 26.33 13 1-2 0-0 2-1 2-1 0-0
California 3-0 2-1 31.67 22.00 9.67 1-1 1-0 1-2 0-2 1-0
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
USC 13.66 13.48 0.18
CAL 13.67 21.62 -7.95
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
USC 13.92 11.75 2.17
CAL 11.75 13.36 -1.61
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
USC 5.13 4.60 0.53
CAL 4.59 3.68 0.91
Team Records

USC Trojans

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 3-0 3-0 0-0 1-2 1-2 0-0 39.33 26.33 13.00
vs Conf 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 42.00 24.00 18.00
Last 3 3-0 3-0 0-0 1-2 1-2 0-0 39.33 26.33 13.00

California Golden Bears

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 3-0 2-0 1-0 2-1 1-1 1-0 31.67 22.00 9.67
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 2-1 1-1 1-0 31.67 22.00 9.67

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 39.33 30 22.00 52
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 397.00 126
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 96.50 42
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 31.67 65 26.33 77
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 218.00 79
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 197.00 55
Head To Head Summary
Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Southern California 10-0 8-2 2-8 34.80 212.90 5.31 31.00 66.13 249.30 462.20 1.40
California 0-10 2-8 2-8 15.80 103.10 3.30 39.00 57.44 237.30 340.40 2.10

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Oct 27, 2016 CAL USC 24-45 142 333 475 2 398 231 629 3
Oct 31, 2015 USC CAL 27-21 185 220 405 0 117 272 389 3
Nov 13, 2014 CAL USC 30-38 105 279 384 1 79 371 450 1
Nov 9, 2013 USC CAL 62-28 256 243 499 0 190 293 483 0
Sep 22, 2012 CAL USC 9-27 77 173 250 2 296 192 488 3
Oct 13, 2011 USC CAL 30-9 118 195 313 2 35 294 329 5
Oct 16, 2010 CAL USC 14-48 52 193 245 2 211 391 602 1
Oct 3, 2009 USC CAL 30-3 174 283 457 1 86 199 285 2
Nov 8, 2008 CAL USC 3-17 27 138 165 1 173 238 411 1
Nov 10, 2007 USC CAL 24-17 239 129 368 2 200 199 399 3

College Football Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

USC Trojans

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 16, 2017 TEXAS 27-24 W -16.5/65.5 L/U 71 397 468 68 298 366 -2 H
Sep 9, 2017 STANFO 42-24 W -4/55 W/O 307 316 623 170 172 342 2 H
Sep 2, 2017 W.MICH 49-31 W -28/59.5 L/O 232 289 521 263 94 357 1 H
Jan 2, 2017 PENNST 52-49 W -7.5/60 L/O 122 453 575 211 254 465 -2 A
Nov 26, 2016 NOTRD 45-27 W -17.5/60.5 W/O 207 205 412 154 254 408 -1 H

California Golden Bears

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 16, 2017 O-MISS 27-16 W 7/68.5 W/U 163 236 399 53 363 416 -1 H
Sep 9, 2017 WEBER 33-20 W -25/ 231 200 431 140 431 571 -2 H
Sep 2, 2017 UNC 35-30 W 13/57 W/O 106 363 469 219 221 440 -1 A
Nov 26, 2016 UCLA 36-10 W 3/69 W/U 195 301 496 84 176 260 -2 H
Nov 19, 2016 STANFO 31-45 L 10/60 L/O 90 393 483 357 198 555 0 H

Weather in
BerkeleyUnited States

Weather is Sunny  74°F

Sunny
Humidity is 62%
Wind is North 4 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
Pressure is N/A inHg

Forecast for Berkeley

Next up:
USC at Washington State Friday, September 29
California at Oregon Saturday, September 30

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